A bittersweet new life

My friend Clare who took in the chicks born from the project at her son’s school could only take them in temporarily and took them to Willow’s Sanctuary to start their new life.  Unfortunately not all good news, this is what she said

“I said goodbye to my chicks at the weekend when I dropped them off at their new home at Willows Animal Sanctuary in Aberdeenshire. They seemed quite at home in their new surroundings. Sadly, Willows owner told me that they are a breed of bird designed for slaughter and as such they will not have a very long life expectancy.”

But thanks to the sanctuary, I understand they are having some financial difficulties and any help would be appreciated.  You can find them here

On other matters, I have been busy writing to schools, emailing and sending leaflets, I wonder if I will be getting any kind of feedback to this page soon?  I hope to be able to at least make people think about the wider issues here and that what they are actually teaching children is that animals are disposable.  The chicks that are sent to farms are destined for a short working life and I wonder what they think happens to the boy chicks?  The boy chicks are very difficult to rehome, many people don’t want them as they don’t want to breed their chickens, it’s difficult to have more than one because they fight etc.  I would like to know what the farms do with the roosters once they are unsuitable for breeding, no farmer keeps unproductive animals.  I hope people can see beyond their unrealistic image of hens pottering about a huge free range field.  Not the reality.

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2 Responses to A bittersweet new life

  1. Audrey Pie says:

    I do not at like this initiative but I wonder about a couple of things.
    1. If I remember what I read from Animal Aid, all eggs are hatched artificially with the chicks never seeing their mothers. Males are destroyed at 2 days when the sex is known. So this school project doesn’t make much difference to the animals, except that male chicks will de destroyed later, after the 3 weeks. The females will go on ‘as normal’.
    2. What is meant by the commercial nature of the initiative – what do the farmers gain from it?
    3. It would seem perhaps through this children could be taught how eggs are produced (if they are old enough to understand) so perhaps some good can come out of it, if some of them may decide not to eat eggs or only from local farms they have seen so they can be sure of the conditions for the animals.

    • glamsticks says:

      This is true, that is what happens to the chicks when they are born. However, I and many others are opposed to this, this is why we do not eat eggs. It is not natural and it is cruel. Just because it happens in the commerical world, cruelty, it is not something that should be mimicked in the schools.
      The commercial nature of the initiative refers to the company and franchise ‘Living Eggs’ which only uses the local hatcheries near to the franchises, it has very little to do with the farmers. The company sells the incubators, eggs and educational materials to the schools at quite substantial costs (indeed it suggests fundraising ideas on its webpage to help raise the cash to pay for it). One newspaper report stated that the company made a turnover of over half a million a couple of years ago.
      Children can be taught these things without chicks being made to suffer and without any more cruel breeding. The sooner people realise that animals are here for their own purpose and not for the purposes of humans, the better.
      Thanks for your comment x

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